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FdSc Food Technology and Product Development

Key information

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Level of study


UCAS code

Institution code: H12


3 years (full-time) including a one-year work placement.

Start date

September 2022


Harper Adams University campus (and location of work placement)*

Typical offer

64 - 72 UCAS points for A level students. See below for details of entry requirements for other accepted qualifications.

The course

The variety of food and drink available to us is continually increasing in its quality, diversity, and interest. This course will help you develop the skills to be at the heart of the food development process adding value to a complex and exciting food industry. You will learn about the range of ingredients available to the food industry, how these ingredients are sourced and how they react together to form some of our most familiar foodstuffs.

This programme is designed to provide candidates with the knowledge and skills required to take on one of the many graduate jobs available in new product development.


Food technologists are at the centre of product design, formulation, food safety and quality assurance in the food industry.

Students will have the opportunity to develop excellent food industry knowledge in a subject area recognised by the industry for employment in a wide range of food careers both in the UK and abroad. Opportunity for regular travel is significant as many ingredients are sourced from across the globe.

Our graduates have an excellent employability rate and record, many being offered graduate jobs whilst on placement.

Graduates can expect to be involved in the decisions necessary to manufacture, develop and improve food and drink products in a dynamic and fast paced environment.

Entry requirements for 2022

Use the drop-down tool to select the qualifications you have or are working towards to see what grades would be required for access to this programme. If you can’t see your qualification or would like any assistance with entry requirements, telephone the admissions team on 01952 815000, email or complete a form to enable them to contact you.

Course fees

The latest fees for this course can be found in our undergraduate fees and funding section. You will also find course related costs, specific to this course in this area.

What will I study?

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Optional modules are indicative and may be subject to change.

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Teaching and learning

What you study

On successful completion of the course, you will be able to work creatively with food and food processing equipment, designing and creating new and novel foods; evaluate the food manufacturing industry, the processing of foodstuffs, the manufacture of food products and the food supply chain; assess food products through the use of sensory evaluation techniques and instrumental methods of analysis; evaluate new ingredients, packaging and processing technologies and apply them as appropriate in the development of new food products and use communication, management and marketing skills enabling them to develop commercially viable food products.

Teaching and learning

Learning at Higher Education level is a big step up from further education so we make sure you get lots of advice and support. Everyone learns differently and in the workplace you’ll need to work in different ways, so we make sure our courses test you in every way possible. Therefore, you will attend lectures and tutorials, undertake regular hands-on practical work, sit exams, and complete coursework assignments. Guest speakers and visits to industry all support the learning. All students undertake a major project in their final year concentrating on a topic that is of particular interest to them.

* During the Covid-19 Pandemic the University is delivering blended learning. Government guidance is being constantly reviewed to establish the learning events which can be delivered face to face. Please refer to our frequently asked questions for further details.

Assessment methods

Assessment is via a balance of course work and examination.  Coursework assessment methods are wide ranging and include quizzes, in class discussion, presentations to industry specialists, tutorials, literature review-based essays, problem based assignments, sponsored industry projects requiring oral and written reports, individual and team scenario exercises and experimental work.  Exams include both closed and open book assessment, with both seen and unseen questions and tasks set.

Students receive written feedback on all course work to help them improve.

Work placement

In the second year you will have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience through the work placement. You will build on theory learned in the classroom and acquire valuable practical skills. Work placement can take place in the UK or abroad and it is usually paid. It is a good opportunity to try areas and aspects of the food industry before becoming a qualified professional.

Course life


For course related enquiries please contact:

Telephone: +44 (0)1952 815 000

Key university facts

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In the UK for graduate employment.

(Graduate Outcomes 2020)


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